Jesus had said that He came to fulfill the law, and not to change it. How, then, do we understand the law in light of the promise of grace?
We are not just saved by faith in Jesus’s completed work. It is also the foundation by which we live and grow closer to the Father.
Since Jesus died for us, we are to live in His holiness. Holiness means that there is no division between our sacred and secular lives. How, then, do we treat those we consider to be outsiders to our lives? How do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them throughout the week outside of church?
The early church had a crisis of faith, where Paul had to stand up for the truth of the gospel. For our salvation, Christ’s resurrection is the only work we can rely upon. Paul had to convince the Galatian church that we do not need anything else once we align ourselves with Christ. This alignment had brought unity to the dispute in the church.
In today’s church, having unity with Christ will also bring unity with the entire body of Christ. We are called to stand together, being rooted in the Father’s will - even if we have different callings.
Coach/Pastor Doug starts us off this week discussing the importance of alignment, assignment, and technique. All three are important during any given football play. In the world, however, assignment and technique are often highlighted and alignment is forgotten. We need to make sure not only that we do the right thing in the world and in the right way, but we also need to make sure that our alignment is with the Father.
As we begin a new series on the book of Galatians, Pastor Doug gives us an intro to the message that Paul is delivering. Our salvation rests solely on our faith in Christ. We only need to understand it, appreciate it, and receive it as a gift.
Jesus humbled Himself and came to earth to serve the Heavenly Father. If we are to do the same, we will understand that we should be focused on fixing the eternities of people in our lives, rather than looking to what we want to do for God.
We have a cultural misconception of priorities, but when things boil down, there will be one singular thing that we prioritize above all else. Pastor Doug challenges us to set our minds on the peace of Christ, and to dwell on the things He has done for us.
Jo Ann Saloga shares what this summer's Operation Barnabas tour has meant to her, and how it can shape the lives of other young people.
Pastor Ben follows Jo Ann by challenging us to look at our hearts and our motivations toward obedience in Christ.
The most profound thing that we can do with the grace that has been given to us through Christ is to pass that grace to others and change their realities. We are much more effective working together than doing it on our own. Pastor Doug looks at three ingredients to successfully expressing grace. Where do you fit into this picture?